Kabul: Days after taking power in Afghanistan, the Taliban on Saturday hung the bodies of four kidnappers from cranes after killing them during a shootout in Afghanistan’s western city of Herat. Giving details, Herat province’s deputy governor Mawlawi Shir Ahmad Muhajir said the corpses of the kidnappers were displayed in various public areas on the same day as the killings to teach a “lesson” that kidnapping will not be tolerated.Also Read - Taliban Ask Officials Not to Carry Out Public Executions Unless Directed by 'Top Court'
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The graphic images of the incident, which have gone viral on social media, showed the bloody bodies on the back of a pick-up truck while a crane hoisted one man up. A crowd of people looked on as armed Taliban fighters gathered around the vehicle.
Another video shared on social media showed a man suspended from a crane at a major roundabout in Herat with a sign on his chest reading: “Abductors will be punished like this”.
Muhajir said security forces were informed that a businessman and his son had been abducted in the city on Saturday morning.
He said that the police shut down the roads out of the city and the Taliban stopped the men at a checkpoint, where an exchange of fire happened.
Muhajir added that before Saturday’s incident, there had been other kidnappings in the city, and the Taliban rescued a boy.